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100 Years Of Alder Hey – Carole’s Story

100 Years of Alder Hey - Your memoriesThroughout our long history, millions of people have visited Alder Hey, including the United States Military during World War One. In this new blog series to celebrate Alder Hey’s 100th birthday, we are taking regular trips down memory lane to share your stories of years gone by.

If you have memories or stories of your time at Alder Hey, we’d love to hear them. You can submit your story on our Centenary pages.

Carole’s story

My story is about my grandmother and grandad, who met there when it was used for wounded soldiers in the First World War. George Timms was from Warwickshire (Rugby) and Martha Baker lived in Malfield Road, West Derby, Liverpool.

She was 25 when they married and he was 21. The reason they met was Martha’s mother told her to visit a wounded soldier and bring him home for tea! They married soon after as George’s address of residence on the marriage certificate states “Alder Hey”. The date they wed was 1 January 1919 at St. James’ Church, West Derby. Her father was the Police Sergeant at Meadow Lane, West Derby.

They stayed living in Liverpool all of their married lives, George didn’t live in Rugby again, he just had holidays there.

Do hope this is of interest to you.

Yours sincerely
Carole Swinneton (Mrs)

The original marriage certificate

George Timms' marriage certificate with Alder Hey named as his residence

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Your comments

  • Nice to hear the story about your grandparents. George was my uncle and I know very little about him, so every little bit of information helps me to picture him.
    Thank you, Carole

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